This winter, United Way East Ontario announced six new Community Builder Award recipients being honoured for their unwavering support to their communities in these challenging times. Check out the full list of recipients here and read on to learn about recent recipient Davy Sabourin.
Davy Sabourin has been an integral part of Ottawa’s 2SLGBTQ+ community involvement and growth since 2017. As a human rights advocate focusing on 2SLGBTQ+ issues, anti-racism, and mental health, Davy has acted as an educator, connector and bridge-builder for various communities in our region and beyond.
Most recently, Davy served as the Chairperson of Capital Pride until November 2020. Davy’s close relationship with Capital Pride dates back to 2017, when he served as the Community Relations Officer, actively working to engage the National Capital Region’s 2SLGBTQ+ community and allies.
In that role, he helped lead the creation of the Capital Pride Youth Committee, which mentors and empowers young 2SLGBTQ+ identifying individuals in the development and implementation of policies and bylaws, event and festival planning, and community outreach.
“I’m incredibly proud to receive this award but I’m also incredibly proud of our community. We’re a very resilient community; we face a lot of adversity, but when we come together, we can make a lot of change.”
His passion for volunteering and community building is immensely noticeable in his work. Davy served as the Regional Director for Canada on InterPride’s Board of Directors, representing Canadian Pride organizations on an international level. Most recently, Davy was appointed to the Monument Advisory Committee for Canada’s LGBTQ2+ National Monument under the initiative of the LGBT Purge Fund, as well as Governor with the Émergence Foundation.
Davy’s mission for a safe, inclusive community has helped create opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Davy strives to be an agent of community engagement and change—for the equality and advancement of 2SLGBTQ+ human rights on both a local and global scale.
While we don’t yet know when we will be able to gather again at the Wall of Inspiration at Ottawa City Hall, we look forward to adding the names of these community builders in a future ceremony.